The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

All the ways this White House props up coal

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 2 Comments

The coal lobby’s influence over the White House is a given at this point — as is the White House’s willingness to put its finger on the scale in favor of our dirtiest, most carbon-packed energy sources. [ More ]

Governor McAuliffe announces cap on carbon pollution in Virginia

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In the face of a federal administration bent on rolling back key environmental protections and ignoring climate science, Governor McAuliffe took bold action Tuesday to limit greenhouse gas pollution in Virginia. [ More ]

Environmental regulations didn’t cause coal’s decline — and rollbacks won’t save it.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite his repeated promises to do so, President Trump is unlikely to revive the coal industry through federal policy, and CEOs of electric utilities and coal mining companies know it. [ More ]

Students speak out against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Why collaborative resistance matters

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest bloggers Divest Appalachian members Cassidy Quillen and Olivia Nelson take a look at how the Atlantic Coast Pipeline touts an ideology of sustainability while profiting off of industries driving climate change. [ More ]

White House budget leaves Appalachia in the dust

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

The White House released its budget blueprint last week, and the proposal is nothing short of a disaster for Appalachia and rural communities across the country. Here's a look at a few agencies and programs the White House wants to completely eliminate if it had its way. [ More ]

FERC’s pipeline review process is broken

Monday, February 20th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

It’s no secret: oil and gas pipelines have captured the nation’s attention, not to mention the new administration’s. But new research is refuting the industry's pro-pipeline arguments and even a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is calling for greater scrutiny of proposed natural gas infrastructure projects. [ More ]

The “Fox Guarding the Henhouse” cabinet

Monday, January 16th, 2017 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Many of Donald Trump's Cabinet appointees take positions that threaten public health, air and water quality, and our natural heritage, and that accelerate climate change. Appalachian Voices is joining with clean energy advocates, climate activists and public health proponents across the country in urging the Senate to stand for our health and environment and reject these nominees. [ More ]

Duke Energy’s empire grows with natural gas

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Duke Energy’s purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas was finalized this week after North Carolina utility regulators signed off on the deal. The acquisition is only the latest development in a regionwide push to expand natural gas investments and infrastructure that foreshadows an energy future experts are urging us to avoid. [ More ]

If I had a hammer…

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Lara Mack, our Virginia Field Organizer, helped organize last Saturday's "March on the Mansion" in Richmond to call for clean energy solutions over fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash and climate impacts. She reflects on the legacy, captured in the timeless song, "If I had a hammer," on the power of citizens coming together to fight for social justice. [ More ]

Making sense of crisis: The West Virginia floods

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

In this guest post, West Virginia resident and former coordinator of The Alliance for Appalachia Katey Lauer shares her perspective on the aftermath of the storms and the humanity she witnessed as communities come together and begin to rebuild. [ More ]

A power play for Virginia’s power plan

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

The shift to a clean energy economy in Virginia faces many obstacles -- extreme mining, extreme drilling, and apparently extreme legislating. The General Assembly, after failing during session to wrest authority from the governor over the state's compliance with the Clean Power Plan, used a budgetary ploy after session that handicaps the administration's efforts. [ More ]

Virginia’s Clean Power Plan approach unchanged after court’s action

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated that Virginia will “stay the course” and continue working to reduce carbon pollution after the U.S. Supreme Court hit pause on the Clean Power Plan. But there's still more that we’re counting on Governor McAuliffe to deliver. [ More ]